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Soldiers shot to death in Hinesville

March 8, 2017

Police say the two Fort Stewart soldiers found dead in a Rebecca Street townhome Sunday were shot to death, and investigators are treating it as a double homicide.

An autopsy Tuesday at the GBI crime lab in Savannah determined the two men died of gunshot wounds, according to Hinesville Police Department Chief Detective Capt. Chris Reid, who said that shows a third person was in the residence.

Reid, who also said there were no signs of a struggle, would not say how many times the victims were shot. They were identified Monday as soldiers stationed on Fort Stewart.

Liberty County Coroner Reginald Pierce identified the men as Malika Jackson, 21, of Montgomery, Alabama, and Marquez Brown, 23, of Macon.

Hinesville police responding to an anonymous tip found the two men Sunday night in a townhome in the 300 block of Rebecca Street. Reid said Sunday night that the deaths did not appear to be natural but would release no additional details other than to note that there were no signs of illegal activity at the home.

An incident report from HPD Officer Rahshe Solomon said police were dispatched to the home around 9 p.m. and when they arrived, Officer Norman Ewing looked through a window and saw the two men on the floor and a lot of blood. Police then forced their way into the townhome. Both men were unresponsive.

According to HPD incident reports, police were called to the same residence Saturday night due to a loud music complaint, but when officers arrived, everything was quiet.

A press release from Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson sent out early Monday confirmed the men were Fort Stewart soldiers.

“We are cooperating with law enforcement officials in the investigation,” the release said. ”... Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the two soldiers. Additional details are not being released at this time.”

Lewis Levine is a correspondent for the Coastal Courier in Hinesville. The Coastal Courier and the Statesboro Herald are part of Morris Multimedia.